How to Play PS4 Games on a PC

What there is to know

  • You can play PS4 games on a PC using Remote Play or PlayStation Plus Premium.
  • Using the Remote Play app: On PS4, go to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Enable Remote Play.
  • PlayStation Plus app: Log in to the PSN account, connect a controller and select a game from the list.

Sony has ported many of its first-party PlayStation 4 games to PCS in recent years, but many titles have yet to take the plunge. To access your full library of PS4 games on PC, you can use the Remote Play feature to stream games from your PS4 to PC. If you don’t have a PS4 or PS5, you can also use Sony’s PlayStation Plus Premium service to stream select titles to your PC.



System Requirements to Play PlayStation 4 Games on Windows PC or Mac

If you already own a PS4 or PS5 console, the easiest way to play PS4 games on your PC is to use Sony’s Remote Play app.


To use remote play on your computer, you will need:


  • A PS4 console
  • Wireless controller (DualShock 4 recommended)
  • USB wireless adapter or USB cable
  • Broadband Internet connection with an upload and download speed of at least 15 megabits per second (Mbps) (recommended)


Additionally, you will need to meet the following system requirements to run PS4 Remote Play:


windows computer

  • Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • 7th Generation or later Intel Core processors
  • At least 100 MB of available storage
  • At least 2 GB of RAM
  • Display resolution 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Soundcard
  • USB port


Mac

  • macOS High Sierra or later
  • At least 40MB of available storage
  • At least 2 GB of RAM
  • USB port (optional)



How to Play PlayStation 4 Games on Windows PC or Mac

Once you have met the above criteria, follow these steps to install the PS4 Remote Play software on your PC:


  1. Head to the PS Remote Play official website and select Control your PS4 console from a Windows PC in the list of options.

    If you have a Mac or PS5 console, be sure to click on the relevant link in the list.

  2. Scroll down and click To download. Also, be sure to accept the License Agreement and Privacy Policy by checking the box.


  3. Once the installation is complete, click Sign in to PSN and enter your login credentials.


At this point in the process, you’ll need to set up remote play on your PS4 before you can connect using the PC app.



How to Start PS4 Remote Play

Once you have installed Remote Play on your Windows PC or Mac, the next step is to set up your PS4 console. You will also need to set your console as your primary PS4 in order to use Remote Play outside of your home network.


  1. Turn on your PS4 console and open Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings.


  2. To light up Enable Remote Play.


  3. Return to Settings and select Account management.


  4. Select Activate as your primary PS4.

    You can only activate one primary PS4 per account.

  5. Select Enable.


  6. Return to Settings again and select Energy saving settings.


  7. Select Set features available in rest mode.


  8. Check the boxes for Stay connected to the internet and Enable PS4 Activation from Network. This way, you will be able to start Remote Play while your PS4 is in Rest Mode.


Configuring the PC Remote Play app

Once you’re done setting up your PS4, launch the PC Remote Play app on your PC and follow these steps:


  1. Log in to your PSN account and select PS4.


  2. The app will search for your PS4 and connect automatically. Once connected, you should see your PS4 console displayed on your PC.

    If your PC is on the same network as your PS4, you can use Remote Play without having to activate your console as your primary PS4 by selecting Bind manually in the Remote Play PC application.

  3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PC with a USB cable. You can also use a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter. You should now be able to play any PS4 game on your PC via Remote Play.


How to Play PlayStation Plus Premium Games on Windows PC

If you don’t own a PS4, you can stream hundreds of PS4, PS3 and other classic PlayStation games to a Windows PC using Sony’s PlayStation Plus service. This feature was previously available through PlayStation Now cloud games, but this service was brought to the PlayStation Plus Premium tier in June 2022.


You’ll need to be a PlayStation Plus Premium subscriber in order to play the service’s games on your Windows PC. Although you can still download and use the PC app with an Essential or Extra subscription, an active Premium subscription is required to launch and play games.

Before downloading PlayStation Plus for PC, be aware of the following conditions:


  • You need an active PlayStation Plus Premium subscription.
  • The PlayStation Plus app is only available for a Windows PC. It does not offer support for Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.
  • Gameplay is streaming only; you cannot download games.
  • PS5 titles are not available.
  • Only DualShock 3 and 4 controllers are supported.


Here’s how to access PlayStation Plus Premium on a Windows PC:


  1. Move towards Playstations PS Plus PC Site and click Download the PlayStation Plus app.


  2. Follow the installation guide, launch the application and click on Already have a Sony account? Log in now.


  3. Connect a controller via USB, Bluetooth or a wireless adapter.


  4. Once logged in, select a game from the list.


  5. Click on Begin below game illustration.


FAQs

  • How do I play PS4 games on a PS5?

    Playing PS4 games on the PS5 is easy thanks to PS5 backwards compatibility. If you own the game digitally, select it from the PlayStation 5 game hub. Otherwise, insert the PS4 game disc into the PS5 console and start playing.

  • What PS4 games can I play on a PS5?

    Sony claims that an overwhelming majority of its over 4,000 PS4 games are playable on the PlayStation 5. Any digital PS4 games you’ve purchased in the past are available in your game library through the PlayStation Store.

  • How do I play PS4 games on my phone?

    To play PS4 games remotely on an Android or iOS device, first enable Remote Play in your PS4 connection settings. Next, download the PS4 Remote Play app from the Google Play Store or App Store. Launch the app, tap Beginand login to your account.


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